Arne and Helen DeKiejzer were at their Larsen Lane home over the holidays. I forgot to mention they popped in to the Texaco while out for their New Year’s Day stroll. I was only there for an hour so, as it turned out, their timing was impeccable. We had a few lovely minutes of uninterrupted conversation before they embarked on the final stretch of their stroll and I returned home to my family.

This week’s movie being shown at the library’s Free Friday Movies is To Kill a Mockingbird at 7 pm. With popcorn and beverages provided you can nestle in to this 1962 classic. Gregory Peck won an Oscar for his brilliant performance as the Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape in this film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

The float docks have arrived in Menemsha Harbor. The offloading from three tractor trailers was accomplished by crane operator Danny with the help of his co-workers from Atlantic Support Installations, Woody and Lenny. A group of Menemsha regulars watched along with a collection of photographers, reporters, state and town reps. Although I still am extremely disappointed, and likely will always be, that the town opted for float docks (You do realize you will never hear the end of this from me, right?) the procedure was fascinating to watch. A well-orchestrated process went smooth as silk.

The Chilmark School’s big PTO/Outing Program fundraiser is really beginning to take shape. Decorations have been ordered. Auction items have begun to trickle in. Parents are beginning to whisper about what spectacular dessert they are going to whip up and share with the masses. Folks are seeking out babysitters and talking about what they might pull out of the back of their closet to wear. Don’t forget tickets are only $15 for the February 9 event. They are available through all school parents, at the school, at Menemsha Texaco and online at

In addition to purchasing a ticket and enjoying a happenin’ night out on the town, there are a couple of simple ways to help the kids at the Chilmark School continue to enjoy the amazing programs offered above and beyond their daily curriculum. A tax-deductible donation may be made to the Chilmark School PTO. Mail to PO Box 60, Chilmark, MA 02535 and a receipt will be returned to you. Or, do you have something you’d like to donate to the auction? Since we are a nonprofit organization, that too entitles you to a tax deduction. Gift certificates, art work, clothing, tickets to an event, framed photography, guitar/piano/cooking/gymnastic/riding lessons, vacation getaways, goods and services — you name it, we’d love it! Items for the auction can be dropped off at the school or contact me to coordinate. I thank you all in advance for your willingness to help keep our community school the remarkable place that it is.

Searching for something to do this weekend? The MV Dems are sponsoring the Obama Inauguration Ball at the CCC. “Vineyard Formal” attire is the dress code for the event to be held on Monday, January 21, from 7 to 10 pm. For $10 and the contribution of a finger food you can dance to Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish. The group is also looking for volunteers to help set up and clean up. Contact Warren Doty ( or Paddy Moore ( if you’re willing to help.

Well wishes to all lining the streets of our town with cases of the flu. May the Shipway household be well in time to celebrate Sarah’s birthday. May the Ambulos household be on the road to a speedy recovery as soccer practice is calling. May Bella Thorpe be well by her birthday. Be well Knights, Glasgows, Taylors and others.

A special birthday shout-out to Elizabeth Oliver who celebrates a birthday which ends in a zero this week. You never look a day older. Bella Thorpe has a birthday, too: the first of her double digits has arrived. Also, a very happy birthday week to Cali Giglio, Peter Darling, and the rest of you who have aged another year gracefully.